In 2009 Kirkpatrick was featured in the group show Pulp Fiction, which traveled from Museum London to the MOCCA in Toronto and St. The exhibition is scheduled to tour to The Robert Mc Laughlin Gallery in 2019.
Also known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib, Kirkpatrick works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation.
I have been heading in this direction for a while with a few of my previous projects but working with the sounds and flexibility Funken presents there is the opportunity to create something much more firmly in this "other" category. What songs on the album are you particularly proud of and why?
“Welcome To Goggle” because of its concept being that illegally downloaded songs from the AWARDS album will put malware on your computer.
The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.
(available now through Animal Street Records), the pair blend post-rap, art rap, art pop, new wave and intellectual disco into a dizzying kaleidoscope of sound.
Collapsing the boundary between artist, gallery and viewer, the exhibition will lead the visitor on a journey of discovery as one medium shifts and morphs into another.
James Kirkpatrick’s work produces a space for social empathy to emerge, ignited by the intertwining of technological and human flaws, secrets and communication.
Several years ago, he decided to take an extended trip outside of Canada, which ultimately led him to cross paths with Funken. More often than before I am slowing down the vocal delivery to make the story of the song much more apparent and the writing is less abstract.
Many of the song ideas for hatched during the fog and exhaustion of Thesis’s travels, but he also draws heavily from his experience as a graffiti artist on the album’s first focus track “Ink Or Paint.” He took some time to explain more of his creative process during a break on AWARDS’ current Canadian tour, which stops in Saint John, New Brunswick on Oct. 13 before a run of Ontario dates to close off the month. Using vocal pacing and clarity to help describe the feeling in the song as opposed to rapping with such an emphasis on technical styling through the whole song, although I still do chop pretty hard in sections.